Month: February 2013

Majolica Majorca Cream de Cheeks

Majolica Majorca is a sub-brand under Shiseido, celebrating their 10th anniversary this year. It’s a range that can be difficult to get outside of Asia. They often have cute and girly packaging that makes you think of fairy tales and all that. I’ve only tried their famous Lash Expander mascara in the  past (I liked it) and I’ve heard good things about their eyeshadows. These little bottles of liquid blushes which they have named ‘Cream de Cheeks’ are part of their Circus Ecstasy collection released in 2012.

There are four colours available and I picked three (skipping Raspberry, which is the reddest).
From left to right in the picture: Custard Cream (OR313), Coral Cream (RD310) and Shell Pink Cream (PK312).

Each bottle contains 5.4ml of product. They are similar to nail polishes and come with a brush applicator like this:

The instructions say to shake the bottle before using (there’s a bead inside just like nail polishes) and apply the product onto the apple of the cheeks and blend with your fingers. 
Blending is easy but the result is sheer when all blended out. However this is a plus for me and I find that if I want a more pronounced result I just apply two to three dots instead of just one. I seem to get the best result blending in a circular motion instead of just patting and dabbing. 
The swatches:
L-R: Custard, Coral and Shell Pink
Although Custard is more orange and lacks the pink in Coral, the two can appear similar on the cheeks and you definitely don’t need both;
Shell Pink wasn’t a shade I was going to get but it turned out to be my favourite so far, giving a really girly flush.
Honestly I don’t think you can go wrong with any of the shades, however they are better suited to fairer ladies because of how sheer they can be. I haven’t tried to really build up the colour, nor (come to think of it) to use it on the lips either. Something to be explored.
I’m really happy with these, the texture is lovely with just the right consistency, a gel/cream formula and not sticky at all. The finish of the Cream de Cheeks is matte and very natural, and best of all they’re unscented. Even though they don’t last all day, the intensity of the colour fades leaving a trace, and stay that way for hours before completely disappearing. I am looking forward to testing the wear of these in summer.

agnes. b Apricot Complexion Enhancer

This is the star/cult product in the agnes. b beauty range, previously explored here on the blog. On the CCB website the Apricot Enhancer got a new limited edition packaging celebrating its 20th year. So to answer my own question regarding how long it’s been around (see first link), definitely much longer than I thought.

The ingredients as published on the site:
AQUA / WATER CYCLOPENTASILOXANE GLYCERIN PRUNUS ARMENIACA KERNEL OIL / APRICOT KERNEL OIL ELAEIS GUINEENSIS OIL / PALM OIL HYDROGENATED LECITHIN CHOLESTEROL MACADAMIA TERNIFOLIA SEED OIL PANTHENOL LINALOOL GERANIOL CARBOMER PARFUM / FRAGRANCE METHYLPARABEN ALPHA-ISOMETHYL IONONE SODIUM STEAROYL GLUTAMATE SODIUM HYDROXIDE RETINYL PALMITATE HELIANTHUS ANNUUS SEED OIL / SUNFLOWER SEED OIL COUMARIN PHENOXYETHANOL MAGNESIUM ASCORBYL PHOSPHATE CINNAMYL ALCOHOL TOCOPHERYL ACETATE CHLORPHENESIN PROPYLPARABEN HYDROXYISOHEXYL 3-CYCLOHEXENE CARBOXALDEHYDE CITRONELLOL ETHYLHEXYL METHOXYCINNAMATE BUTYLPARABEN BUTYLPHENYL METHYLPROPIONAL BENZYL BENZOATE BENZYL ALCOHOL [+/- MAY CONTAIN CI 14700 / RED 4 CI 47005 / YELLOW 10 CI 77891 / TITANIUM DIOXIDE CI 77491, CI 77492 / IRON OXIDES ]
As you can see in the ingredients list it’s not paraben-free and contains ingredients that may cause irritations. It is nicely scented, and now that I think about it it’s not unlike the Chanel No.5 body cream sample that I just used up!

This product didn’t get much love from me and I kind of forgotten about it. Looking at the reviews this seems to be one of those products that people either really love or really hate. Most common complaints are looking orange and needing to powder after and during the day.
I remember when I first tried this I fall into the latter category of people who hated it. It made me look orange. So when I swatched this again for the post I was prepared to be disappointed again as I did with the Teint Osmose. But the Apricot Complexion Enhancer just subtly warmed up my complexion so it doesn’t look so pale and sallow. I used a dot and just blended it in all over the face.

 

[sorry I do realise the lighting don’t match in the swatches. The second picture is more accurate, and the product is closer in colour to the picture at the top of the post.]

I am pleasantly surprised by this change. The only reason I can think of is I am paler in complexion now than I was when I first tried it. I don’t know if being darker in skin tone would make such a huge difference between healthy looking and carrot looking but based on my own experience I will say that perhaps paler ladies will have more luck with this?
It’s not a foundation and it won’t cover any imperfection. They suggest you use it either directly on the face or after your day cream. The texture is very light and easy to blend. The colour looks scary at first but you only need a tiny drop and it blends in seamlessly and gives you this warmth that seems to come from within. Healthy rather than tanned/bronzed. I haven’t used this long enough consecutively to comment on whether it agrees with my skin or not. There are many reviews from women who’s been using this for years with no problem and a few who says they like it but to use it intermittently. Your mileage may vary as they say.
CCB Paris has promotions going on throughout the year and I’ve seen the Apricot Complexion Enhancer on sale in the past. Otherwise RRP is 19.90 euros for 30ml.

Bourjois BB Cream Foundation

 

I’ve had this post written for so long but never gotten round to taking the photos. Finally had time to do it and I’m glad to share it with you all at last.

Let me just get this out of the way, the new ‘BB Cream Foundation’ from Bourjois is not really a BB cream. It claims to be a ‘8 in 1’ product but most of their promises are results you get from using a foundation. It does have an SPF of 20, but then most foundations do. For me a BB cream is a good moisturiser with SPF that also performs as light-medium coverage foundation. The Bourjois lives up to the SPF and foundation part but I’m not sure if adequately moisturises the skin alone. So for those who are looking for a true BB cream, this isn’t it.

Swatch: heavy on the left and blended on the right